HighChem Co., Ltd. and Hokkaido University Establish “HighChem Hokudai R&D Lab” for Industrial Innovation

University News | June 20, 2024

HighChem Co., Ltd. and Hokkaido University have established “HighChem Hokudai R&D Lab” for Industrial Innovation, accelerating research and development to implement and popularize future PET bottles and fibers that reduce environmental impact.

June 13, 2024 — HighChem Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Ushio Taka, hereinafter referred to as “HighChem”) and Hokkaido University (Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido; President: Kiyohiro Houkin) have established the “HighChem Hokudai R&D Lab” to accelerate bringing biomass-derived functional resins and fibers to social implementation, as alternatives to fossil resource-based general-purpose synthetic resins and fibers. Hokkaido University’s collaborative research with private companies on the practical application and dissemination of its cutting-edge biomass resource technology marks a groundbreaking initiative.

Hokkaido University will combine academic knowledge of catalytic process technology with HighChem’s accumulated raw material procurement, catalyst and material industrialization technologies in the green chemical field, thus advancing research. Aiming for early business expansion, we will contribute to the spread of green chemicals and resins that do not depend on fossil resources.

The complete press release is available as a PDF here.


Ms. Kuroiwa
Public Relations
HighChem Co., Ltd.
Tel: +81-3-5251-8580
Email: koho[at]highchem.co.jp

Professor Kiyotaka Nakajima
Catalytic Reaction Research Division
Institute for Catalysis
Hokkaido University
Tel: +81-11-706-9132
Email: nakajima[at]cat.hokudai.ac.jp

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Hokkaido University
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